Sketch notes from WordCamp Denver

I went to my first WordCamp this weekend in Denver. What’s a WordCamp?

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

It was a great to see coworkers from far away places and talk to real live users and developers of WordPress and especially WooCommerce. I also sat in on quite a few talks and sketched some notes on my iPad.

CritiquePress
Sonja Leix and Meg Delagrange critiqued websites that were submitted by a few brave conference-goers.

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eCommerce Townhall
Caleb Burks of WooCommerce and Pippin Williamson of Easy Digital Downloads answered any and all questions the audience had about eCommerce and selling things online.

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Accessibility Testing
Robert Jolly gave a great talk about accessibility and testing for WordPress development.

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Marketing and Growth Townhall
Tracy Malone and Amber Hinds answered everyone’s marketing questions.

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Forms that Don’t Suck
Steve Wells and Jessica Wittmier told us how to engage users with forms that aren’t terrible.

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Business Townhall
And Vi Wickam, Miles Kailburn, D’nelle Dowis, and Gordon Seirup ended the first day with a great Q&A about all things business.

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design.blog

At Automattic, we have an online design magazine at design.blog. It’s something that our Head of Design, John Maeda created and it has become a joint effort across all the designers and design lovers I work with.

Every Thursday we publish a new issue, which involves 2-3 articles from design leaders and a brand new homepage created by an Automattic designer. This week, it was my turn! I used the Paper app on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil to illustrate the cover. It was really fun and actually made me want to get back to my ink and watercolors doodles.

Design.blog cover:

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Individual images:

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Press:

Turn your brain off

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I turn my brain off.

I was recently explaining my strategy when mountain biking  up a seemingly endless hill. I ignore the voice in my head that says to stop the second it becomes too hard. I only stop after its nagged me a few times. This helps me get better at climbing and eventually I’ll only have to stop three times on the way to the top. And then two. And then one day I’ll make it up without stopping at all. 🙌

I do a version of this while descending. I try to only brake a little bit after my scared brain wants* to. Then I try to add a bit more time to that. And then a tiny bit more. This is my way of getting a faster and also helps me become more confident to shred the downhill sections, through rock gardens, around berms, over drops, or whatever comes my way.

Easy to say, hard to do.

*Notice it says ‘wants’ and not ‘needs’. I’m not trying to hurt myself. I’ve done that already

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More mountain biking with coworkers! This time we parked our cars strategically so we got to bomb downhill. Michael ate some dirt, but otherwise it was a great time.

Cuteness, in all its versatility

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Loved the gorgeous trail views of North Table Mesa and Denver in the distance from this ride, so good! There were good falls had, and I learned to bunnyhop while a bunny hopped by… omgwhatsocute.

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Hail on a Mountaintop in Evergreen

My coworkers Sheri and Chris were in town for a meetup and stayed a few extra days. She took some great pictures when we all went mountain biking in Evergreen at Three Sisters with Michael and Emi.

Cuteness, in all its versatility

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This ride involved an almost immediate fall on my part🙂 and hail at the top of the mountain which I didn’t mind at all. Oh, and Cactus Jack’s pretzel bites are a must.

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Green tea lemonade

Inspired by the $5 Starbucks drink and my much craftier sisters, I made my own green tea lemonade. For the perfect summer drink, you just need to grab two ingredients. I’m sure you can guess what they are:

  1. Tazo iced lemongrass green tea
  2. Your favorite lemonade. I used Simply

Follow the directions on the Tazo green tea box to make the tea:

  1. Place 1 filter bag in a big pitcher.
  2. Fill it up a quarter of the way with boiling water.
  3. Steep for 3 minutes and remove bag.
  4. Fill pitcher up to the half way point with cold water

Then just pour in the same amount of lemonade, or however much you like and stick it in the fridge. When you’re ready to enjoy, just pour some in a glass over ice.

GTL for days.